Can Depo Provera Harm Your Baby?

Can Depo Provera Harm Your Baby?

What is Depo Provera?

Depo Provera is a very popular birth control method that is given via injections. Usually, Depo Provera is only given four times a year, making it a convenient method of birth control for women who don’t want to have to remember to take a pill every day.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

It is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when shots are given at the correct times and intervals. But, some women still wonder, what happens if you get pregnant after Depo Provera is still in your system, or what happens if you have a Depo Provera shot while you are already pregnant without knowing it?

Can Depo Provera harm a fetus?

Most doctors are in agreement that if a fetus is exposed to Depo Provera, there is some degree of risk that the drug can harm the unborn baby. This is because Depo Provera is considered a Category X Drug by the FDA.

This means that this medicine has been shown to cause problems with the fetus in either animal or human studies of the drug, or both. Any risks of using these drugs during pregnancy more than overwhelmingly outweigh the benefits. The use of any Category X medication during pregnancy should be avoided.

What can Depo Provera do to a fetus?

Depo Provera can put a fetus at risk for abnormal genital development. This risk is highly controversial though, with some doctors thinking it exists, and other doctors thinking it doesn’t. Depo Provera can also lead to low birth weight in babies that are exposed to it in the womb.

However, this low birth weight risk does not seem to cause any problems later in life. So, while Depo Provera is considered a Category X drug, if a woman accidentally gets a dose before she doesn’t know that she is pregnant, it doesn’t seem to cause any long term effects on the fetus.

What you should do

First of all, if you think that there is any possible chance that you MIGHT be pregnant, do NOT get the Depo Provera shot. Just do not take that risk. It’s not worth it. When it comes to your baby, you don’t want to take any risks that could hurt you or your child.

However, if something happens, say, you get a dose of Depo Provera before you know that you are pregnant, don’t worry too much. Talk with your doctor and make sure that he or she understands what is going on. You might need to be monitored more in your pregnancy due to this, but most likely there will not be any complications.

Remember that the majority of babies who are exposed to Depo Provera in the womb are perfectly healthy and have no long lasting health effects.

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Alyssia Granger
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.